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From Goodwill to Grunge: A History of Secondhand Styles and Alternative Economies

Jennifer Le Zotte


In this surprising new look at how clothing, style, and commerce came together to change American culture, Jennifer Le Zotte examines how secondhand goods sold at thrift stores, flea markets, and garage sales came to be both profitable and culturally influential. Initially, selling used goods in the United States was seen as a questionable enterprise focused largely on the poor. But as the twentieth century progressed, multimillion-dollar businesses like Goodwill Industries developed, catering not only to the needy but increasingly to well-off customers looking to make a statement. Le Zotte tr ... More

Keywords: Secondhand style/fashion, Social activists, American culture, Clothing, Secondhand goods, Business/capitalism, Thrift stores, Flea markets, Garage sales

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469631905
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469631905.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer Le Zotte, author
University of Nevada, Reno